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Big Sky Biggie

August 26


In its 5th year, the Big Sky Biggie is fast becoming a Rockies classic.  Last year the event attracted a record 408 mountain bikers to ride in 15-, 30- and 60-mile courses that traverse all over Big Sky, from Town Center to the slopes of Big Sky Resort.  Strambecco rates the event as one of the best MTB events in the Rockies.  It was founded to build community and expand southwest Montana mountain bike trails and events.  The event draws everyone from the pro or the semi-pro to the young athlete to the beginner who wants a challenge or something to train.

This year’s 60-mile Biggie course is similar to the 2022 long course, with some significant changes.  They added new sections with more singletrack in the Spanish Peaks neighborhood.  The new Poop Chute single-track trail is included, and for the first time in this course, you’ll get to descend a portion of Otter Slide.  On top of all that, you’ll be riding the Yellow Mule loop in the opposite direction – Up First Yellow Mule and Down Second Yellow Mule.  This is how most of the Big Sky locals ride this loop. The 2023 course still includes Mountain to Meadow, Fish Camp, First, and Second Yellow Mule loop in a clockwise direction (with Bacon+Whiskey station atop Buck ridge), and the same finish into town on Ralph’s -> Uplands -> Hummocks.  The total route is actually 64 miles with 9700 feet of elevation gain.

The 30-mile course is similar to the 2022 course but with one significant update.   The organizer has added an entirely new section in the Spanish Peaks neighborhood, avoiding the pavement climb to Fish Camp.   Our 2022 course still includes Mountain to Meadow, Fish Camp, and the same finish into town via First Yellow Mule -> Ralph’s -> Uplands -> Hummocks.  The course is actually 36 miles with 5,300 feet of climbing.

The 15-mile course is perfect for beginners and juniors.  This 15-mile loop features all the best town trails.   Almost all of the climbing on this course will be done at the beginning on pavement, although one sneaky switchback section on Ralph’s Pass will raise your heart rate.

In addition to the races, the Big Sky Biggie event includes other activities, such as vendor booths, music, and food. The event is organized by the Big Sky Community Corporation and is supported by various local sponsors. It is a popular event among mountain bikers in Montana and the surrounding areas, and it attracts a large number of spectators as well.

Big Sky, Montana, is a beautiful destination near Yellowstone National Park in the southwestern part of the state. It’s known for its stunning natural beauty, including snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes, and sprawling forests. In the summer, Big Sky is a paradise for outdoor sports enthusiasts, with a wide variety of activities to choose from.  Besides mountain biking, the area has dozens of trails, ranging from easy strolls to challenging multi-day treks. Some of the most popular trails include the Beehive Basin Trail, the Ousel Falls Trail, and the Lava Lake Trail.  Water sports are also popular with the Gallatin River offering excellent opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and rafting. For more leisurely pace activities, the area boasts several world-class courses, including the Big Sky Resort and Yellowstone Club Golf Course.  Other popular summer activities in Big Sky include horseback riding, zip-lining, and rock climbing. And, of course, the area’s stunning natural beauty makes it a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery.

60 Mile Big Sky Biggie – 2022 on Trailforks.com

2023 Biggie 30 Mile Course on Trailforks.com


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